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Francois Ragolski: My Line interview

Francois Ragolski: My Line interview

Francois Ragolski is the Acro World Cup Champion and an XC crack – as happy spiralling onto the raft in an acro comp as he is deep-breathing at 6,000m in the Karakoram. The subject of our regular My Line feature in Cross Country 156 (Nov/Dec 2014), he reveals what it takes to fly and perform […]





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Fabio Barretto Fava: Naked Pilot 156

Fabio Barretto Fava: Naked Pilot 156

Fabio Barretto Fava is the subject of our Naked Pilot interview in Cross Country 156. Describing himself with a laugh as “an ancient acro pilot!” he is, in his own words, “the only transtibia amputee to infinite tumble!” After a wingsuiting accident in 2012 that saw him lose his leg, Fabio is back doing the […]





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Cross Country 156: What’s in the magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

Cross Country 156: What’s in the magazine, Nov/Dec 2014

The latest issue of Cross Country magazine is out now – and you can’t miss it. The amazing looking bird going eye-to-eye with you on the cover of the November/December issue is just a taste of what’s inside… Birds of a Feather by Andy Pag is an indepth look at what’s going on inside the head […]





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Skywalk Arriba3: lightweight

Skywalk Arriba3: lightweight

The Arriba3 is a lightweight multipurpose paraglider for hike-and-fly and travelling. Skywalk say it offers the same safety, agility and performance as the EN B Tequila4 that it is based on. It slots into the lower end of the EN B category, say Skywalk, and is suitable for low airtime pilots, although this doesn’t mean […]





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GIN Wide Open 2015: Dates announced

GIN Wide Open 2015: Dates announced

Organisers of the GIN Wide Open friendly competition have announced details of the 2015 event. It will be held in Tolmin, Slovenia from 4-11 July. Entry for registration opens on 26 December 2014 at 13:00 GMT. The advice is to hurry if you want a place –  they were all sold out in a few […]





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Paramotoring – The Essential Guide: new book

Paramotoring – The Essential Guide: new book

Click here to pre-order Paramotoring: The Essential Guide with £5 off and free shipping. Paramotoring: The Essential Guide is a new book from the team at Cross Country magazine. Headed up by paramotor instructor and world record holder Dean Eldridge, the book is packed with the latest information on techniques and equipment, with contributions from […]





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Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Athletes revealed

Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Athletes revealed

The line up for the Red Bull X-Alps 2015 has been announced. Thirty-one athlete names were revealed on 29 October, with one wildcard place held in reserve. Leading the pack is three-times Red Bull X-Alps winner Chrigel Maurer, who will again compete with race supporter Thomas Theurillat. One of the last names to be revealed […]





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Kendal Mountain Film Festival Free-Flight Night: 20 November

Kendal Mountain Film Festival Free-Flight Night: 20 November

Free Flight Night is on 20 November 2014: Buy Tickets Tom de Dorlodot and moviemaker Shams are to be the headline speakers at this year’s Kendal Mountain Festival Free-Flight Session in the UK on 20 November. One of the world’s foremost professional pilots, Tom de Dorlodot is known as a Red Bull X-Alps pilot and […]





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Neo X-Ride: speedriding wing for experts

Neo X-Ride: speedriding wing for experts

The X-Ride competition speedriding wing from Neo lets experienced riders go steep and fast, and to slow down and ski when they want to. It has top energy retention and extremely precise handling, say Neo. No other wing « follows » a riding skier more naturally. It is less sensitive to roll and pitch, and […]





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High Adventure Beamer 3 Small reserve parachute

High Adventure Beamer 3 Small reserve parachute

Swiss manufacturer High Adventure have made a small Beamer 3 rescue parachute, which is certified to 90kg and with an extended weight limit of 100kg for experienced Rogallo users (risks of downplaning are greater if the main wing is still attached, for more heavily loaded reserves. The Beamer 3 Small is available in standard and […]





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The Body: speedriding harness from Neo

The Body: speedriding harness from Neo

The Body is Neo’s new speedriding harness. It has independent leg straps to ensure freedom of movement when skiing but precise control over your wing. Neo say: The harness attachment points are located close to the body for a natural standing position, even when the glider lifts overhead or when the skier leans to the side […]





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Brunton All Day battery for GoPro Hero3+ cameras

Brunton All Day battery for GoPro Hero3+ cameras

Brunton’s All Day battery is a long-lasting 4,000mAh battery that will extend the power of your GoPro by up to four times the specified run-time. It is compatible with Hero3+ GoPro models, and will soon be available for Hero4s as well. The battery is housed in a water- and shockproof case, so you can use […]





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Gin Genie X-Alps lightweight pod harness

Gin Genie X-Alps lightweight pod harness

The GIN Genie X-Alps harness is an ultra-light cocoon harness aimed at hike-and-fly and XC adventure pilots. Based on the harness used by GIN athletes in the 2013 X-Alps race, the Genie X-Alps is constructed from high-strength lightweight Dyneema and features a 14cm mousse airbag. It’s available in 6 sizes, which GIN say ensures a […]





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ASI FlynetXC: GPS vario weighing just 50g

ASI FlynetXC: GPS vario weighing just 50g

ASI say the FlynetXC is the smallest GPS vario on the market, and weighing just 50g you could say that it is pretty small! Inside this little square box of tricks is an acurate GPS, sensitive pressure sensor and audio variometer and accelerator with battery that lasts 12 hours. The FlynetXC has Bluetooth 4.0 LE […]





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Apco Vista III: more sizes announced

Apco Vista III: more sizes announced

Apco have announced two further sizes of their all-round intermediate EN B Vista III wing: XS and L now join the S and M sizes to complete the range, which now covers in-flight weights from 55-130kg. Apco say the Vista III has proved to be “fun, safe and among the best performing wings in its […]





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Skyman CrossAlps: EN C hike-and-fly wing

Skyman CrossAlps: EN C hike-and-fly wing

Skyman have unveiled the CrossAlps, their lightweight LTF/EN C glider, that has proven its performance abilities in the capable hands of Toma Coconea, who came third in this year’s X-Pyr hike-and-fly race on one. Skyman say the CrossAlps combines performance and speed with safety in a compact and light package. Designed for real-life hike-and-fly or mountain […]





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Nova’s Try and Buy scheme

Nova’s Try and Buy scheme

As part of Nova’s recent rebranding, they have launched a new website and introduced a ‘Try and Buy’ scheme, to help pilots find a local Nova stockist and book a demo paraglider for a test flight. An interactive map on their website allows you to locate importers, shops and service partners near you, and it […]





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The Paragliding Line: 1000km Atacama crossing

The Paragliding Line: 1000km Atacama crossing

Acro stars François Ragolski and Martin Schricke are about to embark on an extreme hike-and-fly mission, to make the 1,000km crossing of the driest desert on earth, the Atacama in Chile. Starting in Copiapó the pair will be making their way through remote deserts and steep coastal cliffs with few landing options, all the way to Arica in […]





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Sup’Air Delight2 pod harness

Sup’Air Delight2 pod harness

The Delight2 is Sup’Air’s lightweight cross country and competiton pod harness, and it’s aimed at experienced pilots. A hammock style, it has a removable mini seatplate. The speed bag has a carbon footrest and is also removable, with an integrated cockpit and removable instrument support plate. The seating position is “3/4 reclined”, and the harness […]





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MacPara Haven cocoon harness

MacPara Haven cocoon harness

The Haven is MacPara’s new cocoon harness, designed  for efficient flying, excellent glider feedback and comfort no matter how long the flight. MacPara say the Haven uses a stretchy material for the pod and to cover up the harness adjusters and riser attachments, to give a sleek and aerodynamic finish. The harness back is made […]





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